Yvonne Chan is a partner in Goodwin’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and is a member of the firm’s Life Sciences Disputes group. Ms. Chan represents a wide variety of clients, including financial institutions, technology and life sciences companies, and private equity firms. Ms. Chan’s practice focuses on business and commercial litigation matters, and government and internal investigations.

Ms. Chan is the Chair of the firm’s Higher Education Practice group. She represents colleges and universities in disputes involving student affairs, wrongful death, and personal injury.





Ms. Chan represents clients in a range of highly-regulated industries. Ms. Chan’s work for clients has included the following:

  • A month-long jury trial resulting in an acquittal for the former president of a pharmaceutical company in a federal criminal anti-kickback case involving allegations that the defendant had directed kickbacks to prescribers in the form of free meals and fees for speaking engagements.
  • A verdict in favor of a financial institution after a bench trial in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding.
  • A three-week arbitration on behalf of a global private equity firm which resulted in a $170 million award in favor of the firm. The arbitrator found that the respondents had committed fraud and breached their fiduciary duties, and awarded damages in the amount of the private equity firm’s entire investment, as well as additional damages for breach of fiduciary duty and attorneys’ fees. The arbitrator also dismissed all counterclaims (which sought over $100 million in damages).
  • An arbitration award in favor of independent trustees in a dispute involving contractual interpretation.
  • An arbitration award in favor of an educational institution in a dispute over the interpretation of licensing agreements.
  • Summary judgment in favor of an educational institution in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a student who committed suicide. The lower court’s award of summary judgment was affirmed by the Supreme Judicial Court.
  • Defense of a private equity firm against False Claims Act allegations relating to the operations of a portfolio company, which resulted in the Government’s decision to not pursue any claims against the firm.
  • A successful motion to dismiss indemnification claims brought against a private equity firm by a former employee of a portfolio company. 
  • Defense of large financial institutions and mortgage lenders against claims involving improper mortgage lending and servicing practices.
  • Representation of private equity firms, life sciences companies, and publicly-traded companies in responding to FINRA inquiries.
  • Advice to a global private equity firm concerning litigation and regulatory risks and considerations in connection with due diligence into potential investments.
Professional Activities

Ms. Chan is Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s College and University Section. She serves on Clark University’s Health Advisory Board, which was established to provide expert guidance on the Healthy Clark COVID Plan and support the University’s goals for health and safety on campus. She also serves on the board of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Ms. Chan is also active in pro bono matters. Her representation of pro bono clients includes a successful First Amendment challenge to a ban on charitable solicitation in public places, and a favorable resolution of civil rights claims for a wrongfully convicted individual who was exonerated through DNA testing after nineteen years of imprisonment.


Ms. Chan has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for her work in Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar 2022.

In 2016 and 2017, Ms. Chan was recognized as a New England “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

In The News









J.D., 2007
Harvard Law School

(magna cum laude)

B.A., 2004
Stanford University





U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Profile Image
Get In Touch
Our clients rely on us for world-class advisory services, counsel on complex transactional work and high-stakes litigation. Specializing in matters involving the financial, life sciences, private equity, real estate, and technology industries, we use a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to resolve our clients’ most challenging issues. To find out more, please contact us.

Unsere Kunden verlassen sich auf unsere erstklassige Beratung, vor allem im Hinblick auf komplexe Transaktionen und High-Stakes-Prozesse. Spezialisiert auf Angelegenheiten der Finanz-, Life-Sciences-, Private-Equity-, Immobilien-und Technologie-Branchen, verwenden wir einen kooperativen und interdisziplinären Ansatz, um Fragen unserer Kunden auch in extremen Spezialsituationen einer Lösung zuzuführen. Sie wollen mehr erfahren? Kontaktieren Sie uns gerne.

Nos équipes interviennent aux côtés de nos clients, industriels, fonds d’investissement, startups, institutions financières et dirigeants, dans le cadre de transactions et de contentieux complexes, et apportent des conseils de tout premier plan dans les secteurs financiers, des Sciences de la Vie, du Private Equity, de l’immobilier et des technologies. Nous traitons les dossiers juridiques de manière intègre, ingénieuse, souple et audacieuse pour répondre efficacement aux enjeux propres à chacun de nos clients, quels que soient la taille de l’opération et le secteur d’activité. Pour en savoir plus, contactez-nous.


Search Other Lawyers
Recherche par Pratique